The day OM went down in history
May 26th, 1993 in Munich, it is a little after 10:10 pm, Olympique de Marseille (OM) has just won the Champions League against the great AC Milan thanks to a goal by Basile Boli. All of Marseille is overwhelmed with happiness, the city is in jubilation, thousands of Marseille residents rush to the Old port to celebrate this victory which is not only about pride but also a symbol. Olympique de Marseille becomes the first French club to win a European football cup. From this victory, a non-verbal expression so dear to the people of Marseille would follow: “A jamais les premiers” (Forever the first)!
Who would have believed on the 31st of August 1899, the date of the birth of the Olympique de Marseille by a young 23-year-old Ardennes man, that OM was going to become one of the jewels of the city of Marseille? Who could have thought that René Dufaure de Montmirail would forever belong to the history of the city? This beautiful history which has just celebrated its 120 years is in the image of Marseille. Indeed, OM has known great and glorious years but also some complicated seasons. With its 10 French championship titles (11 if you count the amateur title of 1929), 10 French cups, three League cups, three Champions trophies and the famous Champions League won in 1993, OM has the most extensive French trophy list and has left its mark on French football forever.